Federal pause on vaccine forces clinic cancellations

A decision by the federal government to pause the administration of certain COVID-19 vaccines has forced several health units to cancel their vaccine clinics.

  Teachers react to governor signing salary raising bills

  NE Arkansas school districts reporting COVID-19 cases

Region 8 COVID-19 death toll

Daily Report: Arkansas Dept. of Health monitoring COVID-19

CVS to provide free COVID-19 vaccines in Jonesboro, Paragould

  Doctor shortage puts strain on local practice

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Miracle League finally has opening game after postponed season

New Arkansas virus cases, per capita, lowest in the nation

  1st Choice Healthcare gets $3.6 million COVID grant

Arkansas reports 178 new virus cases, prison visits expand

Woman who coughed on cancer patient gets 30 days in jail

  No region in the world spared as virus cases, deaths surge

All Missourians 16 and older eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

Missouri has activated Phase 3 of its vaccine distribution plan which includes all residents, 16 and older, regardless of occupation.

  BRAD offering free rides to vaccine clinics

A local organization wants to make sure everyone can get vaccinated for COVID-19.

  State Senate confirms appointment of Dr. Jose Romero as Secretary of Health

The State Senate on Thursday voted 25-8 to confirm the appointment of Dr. Jose Romero as Arkansas Secretary of Health after a debate on the Senate floor.

VA Medical Center offers vaccines to all veterans, spouses, caregivers

All veterans, their spouses and their caregivers are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff.

  Colorado vaccination site shuts down after several adverse reactions

Riverside to continue virtual learning for 2021-22 school year

Arkansas reports 244 new coronavirus cases, 7 more deaths

  Pharmacy sees decrease in COVID-19 vaccine appointments and has excess supply

  Large swaths of rural America are health care deserts with too few primary care doctors, pediatricians, and OB-GYNs to care for residents

  What you need to know: Laminating your COVID-19 vaccination card

  Redbirds, 901 FC prepare to kick off new season with COVID-19 guidelines

With the Memphis Redbirds first game scheduled for May 4 and 901 FC beginning June 15 Craig Unger, president of both teams says fans will be allowed to attend.

On or Off: Where schools stand on lifting mask mandate

While state leaders say face masks should no longer be required, area school officials say they remain a must on their campuses.

Mo. DHSS reports state’s first confirmed case of South African variant

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is reporting the first identification in a Missouri resident of the COVID-19 variant, B.1.351.

  Church devastated after Easter fire

Church members in Lake City are looking for a new home after a fire burned their church right after their Easter Sunday services.

ADH: Flu remains “minimal” in the state; 18 related deaths

According to the flu report, the Arkansas Department of Health is reporting 18 flu-related deaths. The state remains at a "minimal" activity level.

  Governor’s veto overridden, gender-confirming treatments for minors now banned in Ark.

Hutchinson says the bill was overbroad, restricted people’s decisions, and sent a message about Arkansas that he did not want to send.

  ADH: Community spread of COVID-19 still happening; minority population need vaccine

Hutchinson wanted to emphasize the importance of getting vaccines out to Arkansas’ minority community, which is behind in terms of their vaccination compared to their percent of the population.

  Viral thoughts: Why COVID-19 conspiracy theories persist

Conspiracy theories about the coronavirus have flourished since the global pandemic was declared a year ago. Researchers want to know why.

“Show-Me ID App” detects fake IDs to crack down on underage drinking

The app is available of the App Store and Google Play.

  ASU System approves extension with NYITCOM

The New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYIT) at Arkansas State University received a 15-year extension to its partnership after a vote from the Arkansas State University Board in a special meeting.

Arkansas’ active coronavirus cases continue to decrease

Arkansas’ active coronavirus cases continue to decrease as the state reported five new deaths.

  Church hosts Easter service with no mask requirements or social distancing

Several went to Easter services on Sunday, one of the busiest days for churches. That has some wondering, what do services look like now that Gov. Asa Hutchinson lifted the mask mandate? Kingdom Nation Church in Jonesboro had a full house, and masks were optional.

  Church gives out thousands of meals to those in need

Volunteers say they’re happy to fight food insecurity while sharing their faith. They say the event is the perfect way to kick off the Easter weekend by giving away 2,400 meals to people in need.

Color run teaches children the importance of healthy living

Over 200 people attended the Color Me Egg-Cited D.A.R.E. Run at Joe Mack Campbell Park on Saturday. Volunteers say it’s a great way to get outside, get some exercise, and teach kids the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.

Arkansas virus vaccinations rising; cases and deaths decline

The number of Arkansans receiving at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine is rising and the increase in virus cases and deaths are falling.

Arkansas’ active virus cases, hospitalizations decrease

Arkansas’ active coronavirus cases and hospitalizations have dropped as the state reported more than 23,000 more vaccinations.

  Meeting hopes to motivate in hospital revitalization project

Those spearheading the project to reopen the hospital in Kennett met Thursday night to present their progress to the public.

Arkansas sees close to 33K more coronavirus vaccines given

Arkansas has reported a record increase in coronavirus vaccinations administered days after the state expanded its eligibility.

  Hardy hopes to build off increased tourism

As the weather gets warmer, the city of Hardy prepares for an increase in traffic, as spring breakers and those in Region 8 communities head out to the Spring River.

Memphis VA offers vaccines in Jonesboro

The clinic offered the one-dose, Johnson & Johnson version of the vaccine, adding to the convenience afforded to veterans who didn’t have to travel to Memphis.

“Aggravating circumstances” bill filed in state Senate

A bill that would delay the release of certain offenders until the offender has served at least 80 percent of his or her sentence, if the person purposely selected their victim, was filed Thursday in the Arkansas legislature.

Gov. Parson: Mo. making progress as COVID-19 case rates decline

Governor Mike Parson held a COVID-19 briefing on Thursday, April 1.

  Masks still required in city-owned buildings

On the city’s Facebook page, Jonesboro Mayor Harold Copenhaver asked city residents and patrons to respect the wishes and requirements of businesses, as well as the health concerns of others.

CDC Study: Single shot of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines is 80% effective after two weeks

Just over 16 percent of Americans are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, while nearly 30 percent of the population has received at least one dose.

  Two school districts have opposing viewpoints on school mask policy

Both school districts say they are doing what is in the best interest of students, staff, and parents but have different views of what that should look like inside schools.

Arkansas lawmakers vote to prevent mask mandate’s return

Arkansas lawmakers are advancing a plan to prevent the state from reimposing a mask mandate to prevent the spread of the coronavirus after Gov. Asa Hutchinson lifted it.

  Mo. Dept. of Conservation, university asking Missourians to send ticks for research study

The Missouri Department of Conservation and A.T. Still University in Kirksville are asking people to save ticks they encounter and mail them to the University.

  Local hospitals respond to governor’s medical conscientious objections law

Arkansas’ governor has signed into law a measure that would allow doctors to refuse to treat someone because of moral or religious objections.

  Local businesses share plans after mask mandate lifted

Governor Asa Hutchinson lifted the mask mandate on March 30th, leaving businesses having to figure out how to move forward in the ongoing pandemic.

  Arkansans age 16+ eligible for vaccine as Gov. Hutchinson lifts mask mandate

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Department of Health Secretary Dr. Jose R. Romero provided an update on the state’s response to the coronavirus, including the latest cases of COVID-19 and deaths.

  Health officer on governor mask mandate lifting: ‘It’s really a slap in the face’

With the mask mandate expected to be lifted on March 31, Dr. Valencia Andrews-Pirtle is concerned about the possible outcome.

  Marked Tree School District to wear masks through end of school year

The statewide mask mandate is expected to be lifted March 31, but one school district is already planning to continue enforcing masks on campus.

  105-year-old Heartland woman survives 2 pandemics

A Heartland senior just received her first COVID-19 vaccination, in an effort to keep living an active life.

  Weekly medical marijuana sales in Missouri top $2 million

A medical marijuana industry trade group says more than 90,000 people have received approval to use medical marijuana in Missouri, and weekly sales have topped the $2 million mark.

880,000 more Missourians now eligible for vaccinations

An estimated 880,000 Missourians are now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination under Phase 2 of the state’s vaccine rollout plan.

Arkansas lawmakers reject bid to end coronavirus emergency

Arkansas lawmakers have rejected an effort to end the emergency declared in the state because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Newly reported Arkansas virus cases, active cases decline

The Arkansas Department of Health on Saturday reported 165 new cases, down from 184 on Friday. Data from Johns Hopkins University shows the rolling average of new daily cases during the past two weeks has fallen by by 107.3, or 34.6%.

  Area airports receive COVID-19 related funding

At least six area airports in Region 8 have received funding to help with offsetting costs and maintain jobs as a result of COVID-19, the state’s congressional delegation said Friday.

  Indy Health Care Insurance closing, beneficiaries to find new coverage

The Arkansas Insurance Department announced it is managing the closure of Indy Health Insurance Company.

Arkansas reports 12 new COVID-19 deaths, active cases shrink

Arkansas reports 12 new COVID-19 deaths as the state’s coronavirus cases and hospitalizations continue to decline.

  Arkansas Supreme Court to hear COVID-19 directives case

A case filed by 18 state lawmakers challenging Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s ability to issue directives related to the COVID-19 pandemic will be heard by the state’s highest court.

Arkansas’ active virus cases drop, 11 new deaths reported

The active Arkansas COVID-19 case count continues to drop as the state reported 11 new deaths from the coronavirus that causes it.

Corning clinic to receive $3.6M for COVID-19 response

A Clay County health center will receive more than $3 million to provide COVID-19 vaccinations and services.

  After one-year wait, bids open for new Randolph County Health Unit

Progress is being made in relocating the Randolph County Health Unit after the current location faced major flood damage in the past.

THD: Over 13.5K active COVID-19 cases in Tennessee

SCHD administered 230,435 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine with more than 162,017 people receiving at least one dose.

  Hutchinson vetoes coronavirus bill to refund business fines

Arkansas’ governor has vetoed legislation that would require the state to refund fines imposes on businesses violating coronavirus safety rules.

COVID-19 vaccinations available to eligible Veterans this weekend

Vaccinations are available Monday through Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

  Gov: Arkansas has given 1 million COVID-19 vaccines as Spring Break worries loom

Both Gov. Hutchinson and Dr. Romero spoke about spring break vacationers saying, “If you’ve traveled, if you have not kept your social distance, please, get a test when you come back,” Hutchinson said.

Governor believes Arkansas mask mandate will be removed

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he believes his plan to remove a mask mandate intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus will take place at the end of the month, as previously announced.

  Coping with eating disorders fueled by pandemic

Eating disorders are up by 70 to 80 percent, according to the National Eating Disorders Association. The pandemic is likely the culprit. A mental health therapist has tips on how to cope.

  Paragould vaccinates 500 at mass vaccination clinic

Paragould had its first COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic at the Paragould Community Center. Volunteers say clinics are crucial and essential to ending the pandemic.

Arkansas COVID-19 case, hospitalization counts drop further

The number of active Arkansas COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continues its downward trend.

A-State prepares for full, in-person, on-campus activities for Summer, Fall 2021

A-State officials said they are planning for full, in-person, on-campus activities to return to its Jonesboro campus this summer and fall.

Arkansas coronavirus cases, hospitalizations drop further

The Department of Health on Friday reported active cases, or ones that don’t include people who have recovered or died, dropped by 71 to 2,663.

The Arkansas Fund helps local business stay afloat as pandemic continues

Elegant Party Rentals in Jonesboro took a big hit last year due to the pandemic, but Friday the small business got an extra push thanks to The Arkansas Fund.

  NYITCOM students participate in 2021 Match Day

It is Match Day for medical school across the country including for the students at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University.

Arkansas abortion bill would require rape, incest reports

Opponents of the reporting requirement say it could further traumatize rape and incest victims.

Gov. Parson: More Missourians will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine soon

Governor Mike Parson announced Missouri will soon be expanding its COVID-19 vaccine access.